Lately, ice hotels have been built in so many places; it’s almost becoming a trend. But they are all thanks to the first ice hotel built in the history of man, the ice hotel located in Jukkasjärvi village in northern Sweden. And till date, it is still the first and the biggest ice hotel ever built. The hotel was constructed from ice blocks taken from the Torne River. It was first constructed in 1990; and afterwards reconstructed each year at same spot. It has been listed as one of the seven wonders of Sweden.
The hotel is entirely made of ice, the beds, chairs, bar glasses, walls, pillars, window glasses and everything you can think of are are all made of ice. Each spring, around March, Ice hotel harvests tons of ice from the frozen Torne River and stores it in a nearby production hall with room for over 900 t (990 short tons) of ice and 27,000 t (30,000 short tons) of snow. The ice is used for creating Ice bar designs and ice glasses, which are used for ice sculpting classes, events and product launches all over the world while the snow is used for building a strong structure for the building. About 900 t (990 short tons) of what is left is used in the construction of the next Ice hotel.
No two rooms are the same, each room is designed by a different architect, and every room is a unique work of art. The guests sleep in polar-tested sleeping bags. The ice hotel does not have any bathroom facilities, the bathrooms are located close by. There is no plumbing, but it does contain a sauna.
The hotel features a bar, main hall, church, reception area, 10 restaurants and 100 guest rooms. Each suite is unique and the architecture of the hotel is changed each year, as it is rebuilt from scratch. Each year, artists submit their ideas for suites, and a jury selects about 50 artists to create the church, Absolut Ice bar, reception, main hall and suites. The room rate starts from 1500kr.
This is how the facility is formed. The snow is sprayed on huge inverted catenary shaped steel forms and allowed to freeze. After a couple of days, the forms are removed, leaving a maze of free-standing corridors of snow.
The ice hotel only exists from December to April, once spring comes everything melts away and flows back to the Torne river. Every year, visitors and tourists flood the hotel.
The church in the hotel is operated as a regular church. It also weds lots of couples; so many babies are dedicated in this church round the year.
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